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Catching some sun : the interaction between comets and the solar wind

Bodewits, D. (2003) Catching some sun : the interaction between comets and the solar wind. Master's Thesis / Essay, Astronomy.

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Outline: Chapter 2 contains a general introduction to comets, solar wind and their interaction; In chapter 3 a general introduction is given to the process of charge exchange. The experimental technique that is used at the KVI to measure velocity dependent state selective cross sections is presented, together with results obtained with this set up; In chapter 4 a model is presented that describes how the solar wind helium ioins are neutralized by charge exchange with cometary neutrals. This model is compared with different observations; In chapter 5, the heavy ion content of the solar wind is considered. A model is presented for the X-ray spectra emission following capture into the excited states of the various ions and the results of this model are compared with recent observations; In chapter 6, the conclusions of this work are summarized and combined with suggestions for future experiments and observations.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Astronomy
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28

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